Nigel Clough’s reign at Bramall Lane lasted 19 months, 579 days and just over 100 games, before he was sacked as manager of Sheffield United yesterday. Here, The Star’s Danny Hall takes a look at Clough’s highs and lows in South Yorkshire.
October 23, 2013: Appointed United boss, replacing the sacked David Weir with United deep in relegation trouble following a run of one win in ten games.
October 26, 2013: Clough’s reign gets off to a winning start as United beat Crewe 3-1 at Bramall Lane, thanks to two goals from Harry Maguire.
November 2, 2013: It’s back down to earth for Clough as United lose 2-0 at Shrewsbury. But they bounce back to beat Colchester 3-2 in the first round of the FA Cup, thanks to Chris Porter’s late penalty.
January 4, 2014: Victory away at Cambridge sets up an FA Cup third-round tie at Aston Villa. Jamie Murphy and Ryan Flynn goals ensure a 2-1 victory for United at Villa Park.
January 24, 2014: John Brayford, who played for Clough at Burton and Derby, signs for United on loan from Cardiff City.
February 4, 2014: United continue their giant-killing exploits with victory at Fulham in the fourth round of the FA Cup. The 1-0 win was the start of a ten-game winning run, which also saw United seal a place in the FA Cup semi-finals by beating Nottingham Forest and Charlton.
April 13, 2014: Clough’s United made history at Wembley, twice going ahead in the FA Cup semi-final before eventually losing 5-3 to Hull.
April 18, 2014: The Ched Evans saga begins as an online petition is launched, urging United not to re-sign the convicted rapist when he is released from prison in October.
May 3, 2014: ‘All you need is Clough’ rings around Bramall Lane as United beat Coventry 2-1 to eventually finish seventh in the League One table.
July 29, 2014: Harry Maguire joins Hull in a £2.5m deal.#
October 17, 2014: Evans leaves prison after serving half his five-year sentence and says he’ll continue to protest his innocence. Five days later, he says he wants to return to football.
November 11, 2014: United say they’ve accepted a request from the Professional Footballers’ Association, to allow Evans to train with he club.
November 20, 2014: United announce that they have retracted their offer, following a huge media storm.
January 28, 2015: After beating West Ham and QPR in cup competition, United reach the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup and bow out 3-2 on aggregate after a two-legged clash with Tottenham Hotspur.
May 11, 2015: United’s season ends with a 7-6 aggregate play-off semi-final defeat against Swindon Town. The second leg at the County Ground finished 5-5 and Clough admits his future is unclear.
May 25, 2015: Clough dismissed as United boss.